The Beans of Egypt, Maine

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"The world offered no forgiveness. The Beans offered no apologies."
  • R
  • 1994
  • 96 hr
  • 5.3  (405)

The Beans of Egypt, Maine is a 1994 dramatic film adaptation of Carolyn Chute's debut novel, directed by Jennifer Warren. The film revolves around the lives of a poverty-stricken family, the Beans, living in a rural community in Maine. Martha Plimpton portrays the main character of Reena, a rebellious teenager who seeks independence and a better life away from her family's dysfunctional household. Reena dreams of escaping the town, getting an education, and pursuing a career, but finds herself trapped by the cycle of poverty and domestic duties. She is essential to the family as a babysitter and caregiver to her younger siblings, and she struggles to balance her desire for independence with her sense of duty to her family.

Kelly Lynch plays Roberta, Reena's friend and neighbor, who also lives in poverty with her abusive husband Beal (Rutger Hauer). Roberta's relationship with Beal and her dissatisfaction with their living conditions are contrasted with Reena's longing for a different life. Roberta's story also highlights the issue of domestic abuse and its effects in small-town America.

The Beans of Egypt, Maine also features a large cast of supporting characters who flesh out the community and give insight into the harsh realities of living in poverty. These include the Beans' neighbors and local business owners, who are all struggling to make ends meet and maintain their dignity. Some characters, like an elderly man who sells homemade crafts, are portrayed with humor, while others, like a young child who struggles with poverty and illness, are dealt with more seriously.

The film takes a slice-of-life approach, exploring the daily struggles of these characters and their interconnections with each other. The characters' stories are woven together in a way that shows how even small-town lives can have profound impacts, and how poverty can shape individual destinies.

The Beans of Egypt, Maine tackles the themes of poverty, family, community, and the American dream. It offers a raw and unflinching look at the hardships faced by those living in poverty in rural America, while also highlighting the resilience and strength of the human spirit. The film is buoyed by the strong performances of its main cast, especially Plimpton, who shines as the fiery and determined Reena.

Overall, The Beans of Egypt, Maine is a poignant and thought-provoking drama that offers a window into a side of American life often overlooked on screen.

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    96 hr
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    5.3  (405)